Research & Development

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Another busy few weeks in lockdown for IRFS.

Together, at home
The headline for this week has been a pan-organisation collaboration (BBC R&D, UX&D and iPlayer team) to create BBC Together, available on BBC Taster. You can read about it on the R&D blog but the tl;dr is “Have you ever wanted to watch or listen to a BBC programme with your friends, synchronised, so you can chat about it? Now you can.” You’re welcome. A heroic effort across all teams and a great example of collaboration across different parts of the organisation.
Meanwhile, work across our core teams continues:
A piece of work happening with our pals in BBC News Labs is drawing to a close - looking at the architecture and interface for exploring segmented audio for News production.
As the Synthetic Voice & Personality Study wraps up we’re looking at different approaches to analysing the data. The team are currently writing up the work and we’ll be sharing more about this soon - including the design approach, findings and (hopefully) some code!
We’re also taking some time to reassess the priorities as a team and plan out the rest of the year.
The Three Rs
The Data team are on a reading week.
Internet & Society
The Internet & Society team are working on a COVID-19 study, a collaboration with UX&D and our colleagues in FXT.  The aim of this study is to understand how young peoples’ lives and uses of technology and media are changing during the COVID-19 crisis. We want to use these insights to help identify relevant problems and to develop ideas for new projects (particularly in the area of New Forms of Value).
The study is running for four weeks with 36 participants. Participants will be asked to complete various cultural probe tasks throughout, including writing letters, drawing and submitting photos and videos. The study will also ask participants to create and reflect on ‘data postcards’ around particular themes, such as social connection and mental wellbeing (inspired by the Dear Data project).
Chris has been contributing to the W3C CSS Working Group on media queries for video rendering capabilities, as well as some proposed changes to the HTML spec to clarify the expected timing accuracy of text track cue events, used for captioning and timed metadata.

This post is part of the Internet Research and Future Services section